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Copying C: drive to USB external HDD

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  1. Jimtalbert

    Jimtalbert Thread Starter

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    I have a related problem and a question.
    Problem: My PC won't boot if I have one of my external USB 2.0 hard drives powered up. Is there a way to modify my BIOS to correct this?
    Question: My external drives came with Retrospect Express backup software which I am using to back up my C: and F: (data) drives. If I have to use this backup copy of C: to restore it, will the PC boot afterward or do I need to use Acronis or Ghost to do a full system backup for restoring?
     
  2. JohnWill

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    I have split your thread out, since we frown on thread hijacking. :)

    I'd start by checking the BIOS boot options, make sure the USB channel is below the hard disk in the boot sequence.

    As for Retrospective, I have no idea of it's capabilities, but from the web page it sure doesn't look clear that it would allow you to restore a bootable system from a total crash. I'm sure that True Image or GHOST will...
     
  3. Jimtalbert

    Jimtalbert Thread Starter

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    John, I apologize for my error. I have never heard the term threat hijacking but can see where my entry into the thread might be construed as that. Let me assure you there was no intent to do so. I thought it would be better for the forum to continue with this thought since someone else had aluded to it. But I'll always start new threads in the future to avoid problems.
    I would have responded sooner but didn't get the usual e-mail indicating that someone had responded to my post. I just looked back and discovered you had.
     
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    No problem, we cut folks a break and don't shoot them the first time they hijack a thread. :D

    Did you ever figure out of Retrospective will actually create a bootable disk from a backup?
     
  5. Jimtalbert

    Jimtalbert Thread Starter

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    John, I think it will because it lets me create a "disaster recovery" CD to go along with the backup. I don't know how to find out whether it works or not without creating my on personal disaster. So I either trust it or make an additional backup using a different software package. I have both Ghost and BackUp MyPC so that may be the wise thing to do.
    Thanks.
     
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